FIM SPEEDWAY OF NATIONS TICKETS ON SALE NOW

Tickets for the 2022 FIM Speedway of Nations are on sale now as a festival of racing hits Danish seaside city Esbjerg from July 27-30. For the first time in FIM SON history, all four events will be staged at one venue over four epic evenings, culminating in the Final on Saturday, July 30, featuring host nation Denmark. Don’t miss your chance to be part of a new era of FIM SON racing – book your tickets online here now: https://www.billetlugen.dk/artist/speedwayofnations/ The action opens with Semi-Final 1 on Wednesday, July 27, featuring eight-time FIM Speedway World Cup winners Poland, plus Australia, Latvia, Germany, USA, Ukraine and Finland. Reigning champions Great Britain, who are captained by Esbjerg rider Tai Woffinden, launch their title defence in Semi-Final 2 on Thursday, July 28, which also features Sweden, France, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Italy and FIM SON newcomers Slovakia. The top three countries from each Semi-Final join hosts Denmark in the FIM SON Final on the Saturday night. The week also features SON2 – the revamped FIM Team Speedway Under-21 World Championship, which sees Denmark’s young guns take on 14-time winners Poland, Great Britain, Australia, Sweden, Czech Republic and Latvia on Friday, July 29. Esbjerg Motorsport director Lars Guldager Dyhr cannot wait for what should be an unforgettable four days for the club and the city. He said: “It looks like it will be four amazing, full-throttle days, where we will see the best of the best at Granly Speedway Arena. We can feel the interest, and the new concept of having the Semi-Finals, the U21 final (SON2) and the Final itself in the same place is extremely exciting, and there is a great demand for tickets in advance. "We will offer packages so that fans can get to all four events. Since we have a limited number of seats in the arena, it is important to be quick off the starting line now that the sale has started. “We hope that it will be a party and we are ready with a fan zone and many different activities.” Mayor Jesper Frost Rasmussen cannot wait to see a huge international event visit Esbjerg. He said: “Esbjerg's new goal is to become Denmark's new experience and cultural city, and a sporting event like this fits in perfectly. “We look forward to Esbjerg being filled with speedway fans from both home and abroad, and in collaboration with Esbjerg Motorsport, we have been able to attract the world's largest speedway event to the area. “I'm sure it's going to be a party at Granly Speedway Arena, which will also spread into Esbjerg itself. We look forward to seeing the arena and the city buzzing with energy throughout that week, when a large number of the world's best riders meet each other in Esbjerg.” Sport Event Denmark director Lars Lundov is also looking forward to such a significant event in a huge sporting summer for the country. He said: “FIM Speedway of Nations at Granly Speedway Arena will be historic in many ways. According to DMU's historical committee, Esbjerg Motorsport is the oldest Danish speedway club. “It will be the world's biggest speedway event, because both Semi-Finals, the U21 final (SON2) and the Final will be run one after the other at the same venue. “It will also be historic that we in Denmark host, only in July, so many different events like the European Championships in 49er, 49erFX and Nacra 2022 in Aarhus, the Tour de France Grand Départ 2022 from Copenhagen over Roskilde, Nyborg, Vejle and Sønderborg, the EC canoe and kayak marathon 2022 in Silkeborg and, last but not least, the 2022 FIM Speedway of Nations in Esbjerg." FIM SON tickets are available online here now: https://www.billetlugen.dk/artist/speedwayofnations/

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DRAW FOR NEW ERA OF FIM SPEEDWAY OF NATIONS IN ESBJERG REVEALED

The draw for the FIM Speedway of Nations in Danish seaside city Esbjerg from July 27-30 has been revealed as the sport’s world team championship enters an exciting new era. For the first time in the competition’s history, all four rounds of the FIM SON will be staged over four nights at a single venue as Semi-Finals 1 and 2, SON2 and the FIM SON Final all take place at Esbjerg’s Granly Speedway Arena. With hosts Denmark seeded through to the FIM SON Final on July 30 automatically, 14 countries will battle it out for the remaining six spots over two nights of epic Semi-Final action on Wednesday, July 27 and Thursday, July 28. The top three countries in each Semi-Final also book their places in the Final, which will be contested as a one-day event for the first time in the competition’s history on Saturday, July 30. In a change for 2022, each country will be represented by their top three senior stars. Team managers are no longer required to select an under-21 rider – instead the sport’s top young guns will race in SON2 on Friday, July 29 in the revamped FIM Team Speedway Under-21 World Championship. Eight-time FIM Speedway World Cup winners Poland launch their bid for a first-ever FIM SON gold medal in Semi-Final 1 on Wednesday, July 27. They come up against two-time FIM SWC winners Australia and two-time FIM SON finalists Germany. Latvia reached their first FIM SON Final in 2021 and will bid to make it two in a row when they race in Semi-Final 1. Ukraine, USA and Finland complete the line-up for the FIM SON’s opening night. Reigning FIM SON world champions Great Britain launch their title defence in Semi-Final 2 on Thursday, July 28 on the Esbjerg track that triple world champion Tai Woffinden calls home in Denmark’s Speedwayligaen. The Lions take on three-time FIM SWC world champions Sweden as well as France, who reached their first-ever world team final in the 2021 FIM SON. Czech Republic, Slovenia and Italy also compete in Semi-Final 2, with Slovakia completing the line-up as the nation spearheaded by Prague FIM Speedway GP of Czech Republic winner Martin Vaculik makes its FIM SON debut. For the first time ever, the FIM SON will feature SON2 – the revamped FIM Team Speedway Under-21 World Championship. As part of new FIM Speedway global promoter Discovery Sports Events’ 10-year vision to elevate the sport, speedway’s top under-21 teams will take centre stage on Friday, July 29. Hosts Denmark come up against reigning, 14-time FIM Team Speedway Under-21 world champions Poland, as well as Great Britain, Australia, Sweden, Czech Republic and Latvia. The five-rider squads and starting line-ups for each nation will be revealed in the weeks leading up to the Esbjerg event. Tickets for FIM Speedway of Nations are available online here now: https://www.billetlugen.dk/artist/speedwayofnations/   FIM SPEEDWAY OF NATIONS DRAW SEMI-FINAL 1 (WEDNESDAY, JULY 27) A: Germany B: Poland C: USA D: Latvia E: Finland F: Australia G: Ukraine   SEMI-FINAL 2 (THURSDAY, JULY 28) A: Czech Republic B: Great Britain C: France D: Sweden E: Italy F: Slovakia G: Slovenia   SON2 (FRIDAY, JULY 29) A: Australia B: Latvia C: Poland D: Great Britain E: Denmark F: Czech Republic G: Sweden

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POLES PICK UP EUROPEAN TITLE IN POZNAN

Poland laid down a marker ahead of this summer’s FIM Speedway of Nations by winning the FIM Europe Team Championship in Poznan on Sunday. The hosts dominated the four-team tournament on 47 points with the team’s only non-Speedway GP rider Janusz Kolodziej blazing to a 15-point maximum and World Championship leader Bartosz Zmarzlik also starring on 14. Patryk Dudek racked up 11 points, with Maciej Janowski scoring seven. Denmark held off a late fightback from Great Britain to beat the Lions to the silver medal by one point. The Danes were spearheaded by seven points from national champion Anders Thomsen, while Patrick Hansen, Rasmus Jensen and Frederik Jakobsen all weighed in with six points each. Warsaw runner-up Leon Madsen scored three points from two rides, but was unable to continue after reportedly being stung by a bee in the pits. Speedway GP star Dan Bewley raced to 11 points for the Brits, with Robert Lambert tallying 10. Chris Harris collected four, with Adam Ellis scoring two. The Swedes finished fourth on 18 points, with Freddie Lindgren leading their scorechart on eight. Former Speedway GP rider Oliver Berntzon and double Swedish champion Jacob Thorssell contributed four each, while Kim Nilsson picked up two.

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JANOWSKI RELAXED IN MEDAL QUEST

Polish racer Maciej Janowski insists he is enjoying the journey as he bids to end his FIM Speedway Grand Prix medal search in 2022. The Wroclaw hero has finished fourth in the Speedway GP World Championship four times in the last five seasons and will be hopeful of making his rostrum debut this term. But asked about his medal chances, rider No.71 is keen to emphasise that he is keen to simply enjoy the ride in Speedway GP as he bids to add to his eight SGP wins so far. He said: “Many people ask me when? Why not this year? You've been so close. “The journey of what we are doing is great and I'm very excited to represent my country, my town and my club every year. “Of course, it will be better to be on the podium, but we have had a couple of good wins and seasons so far. I'm very happy to be where I am.” Another competition Janowski will be seeking to win in 2022 is the FIM Speedway of Nations in Esbjerg from July 27-30. The Poles have been forced to settle for silver in each of the last three seasons, with Great Britain duo Robert Lambert and Dan Bewley beating Bartosz Zmarzlik and Janowski 5-4 in the 2021 Grand Final in Manchester. Janowski ran out of room as he tried to join Zmarzlik at the front on the opening lap of Grand Final and crashed, allowing GB to triumph. But Magic insists he has already put that disappointment behind him. He said: “We won over two days in Manchester; we were top of the score chart. “But in the Grand Final, I made a mistake – or we made a mistake. The team was racing, we didn’t win and we made a mistake. That’s it. “There’s no point thinking about what’s behind us. We need to focus on what we can change and what we can do better.” While Janowski will hope to get a chance to win gold this summer, everyone in the sport is also excited for the return of the FIM Speedway World Cup in Torun in July 2023. Magic can’t wait to fight for his spot as one of the sport’s most popular tournaments returns for the first time since 2017. He said: “I think we all missed the World Cup. It is exciting and I will prepare to try and get into the team.”

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LEMON CALLS FOR SON SELECTION HEADACHE

Australian team manager Mark Lemon is calling on his riders to give him a selection headache as he picks three senior stars for the FIM Speedway of Nations in Esbjerg from July 27-30. Countries previously had to name two seniors and one under-21 reserve rider in their FIM SON starting line-ups. The junior was also required to feature in at least one of their team’s races. But the under-21s now line up in their own event, SON2 – the revamped FIM Team Speedway Under-21 World Championship, which also takes place in Esbjerg on Friday, July 29. As a result of these changes, Lemon and fellow national bosses can now pick an extra senior star. The No.3 reserve rider no longer has to take a ride, but they could play a key role in their country’s title hopes if called into action. With the chance to pick his strongest trio guaranteed, Lemon is urging his riders to make his team selection as tough as possible. He said: “They have dropped the under-21 rule for the SON. I was never really keen on that. “I appreciate the benefits the young kids got from being in the competition. But when it’s a world championship, you should be able to choose your top three. I am really looking forward to that concept. “Esbjerg is a great race track. It’s going to be a pretty tough meeting – it is a world championship. I hope I have a really tough decision to choose my top three because you want your boys on form, and it’s all about timing.” Lemon is delighted to be taking both the Aussie seniors and juniors with him to Esbjerg. He added: “I think it’s quite exciting, especially with SON2 on the Friday night. We will have the whole team there and the young kids can gain experience.” It’s 20 years since the Roos last lifted a world team title, topping the podium at the 2002 FIM Speedway World Cup Final in Peterborough. It’s a wait Lemon would love to end in Denmark. He said: “We are certainly long overdue success in that event and I don’t see any reason why our boys can’t lift the world championship. “They have the talent, the pedigree and as long as they adapt and apply themselves and show commitment and heart, there’s no reason why we can’t become world champions. “I want to thank CBS Bins for their support of Team Australia. They have been with us for five years I think now. They are a very valued sponsor for us.” Photo: Taylor Lanning

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